- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 4, 2014

The Atlantic 10 men’s basketball tournament is branching out. 

The tournament will be held at Pittsburgh’s Consol Energy Center in 2017 and Verizon Center in Washington, D.C., in 2018, the conference announced Thursday.

The next two tournaments and the 2019-21 events will be held at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

Despite the presence of longtime conference member George Washington, 2018 will be the first time the A-10 tournament has come to D.C.

“Having grown up locally I have great memories of watching basketball games at the many venues around the city and in the area,” GW basketball coach Mike Lonergan said in a statement. “To have this opportunity to compete for a championship at Verizon Center in front of our loyal fan base, family and friends will be very special for me. I’ve always thought that the best high school basketball in the country is played in the DMV, so having the A-10 Championship here should aid our efforts to recruit locally and be attractive to players who can now try to win a championship at home.”